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What's your approach for handling public meltdowns?
July 5, 2011 at 9:54 AM


What's your approach for handling public meltdowns?
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  1. 35% - I just grit my teeth and get through my errand as fast as possible.
  2. 17% - I take my kid outside before he can even get a second scream in.
  3. 47% - I sit down with, hold and/or talk to my child until he calms down.


  • johnny4ever
    July 5, 2011 at 10:24 AM

     get it done asap then have a chat!

  • lenoxclan
    July 5, 2011 at 10:34 AM
    I or dh will get down to their level and talk with them about it.. If they continue we will either take them outside to until they calm down:)
  • LuLu5J
    by LuLu5J
    July 5, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    My kids are older now but when they had tantrums no matter where we are I find the nearest bathroom and used to take the kids in there.  Have a talk with them (or the offending child) and let them know that they need to stop and there is no other option.  If you leave the store when they start a tantrum, they get used to it and think it's a free pass to get out of situations they don't want to be in.

    Anyway, my kids are older now, so thankfully no more store tantrums.

  • Peanutx3
    July 5, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Beat them before the tantrum gets bad. :)

  • mommyinindiana
    July 5, 2011 at 11:41 AM
    i put my ds in the shopping cart and ignore the tantrum cpompletely. He rarely ever does it anymore
  • Barronbaby
    July 5, 2011 at 12:51 PM
    Get it done as quick as possible.... getting 3 Lo's out the door and into a store is a lot of work.
  • HeartCharmMama
    July 5, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Tantrums are unacceptable, thankfully he has never thrown one in public but when he misbehaves, I stop everything I do and leave.

  • Charli627
    July 5, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Quoting Peanutx3:

    Beat them before the tantrum gets bad. :)

  • Charli627
    July 5, 2011 at 1:36 PM
    Honestly none of my kids have had a tantrum in public. So I guess I would do the first option.
  • tramcd
    by tramcd
    July 5, 2011 at 1:42 PM
    If I can't get them calmed down immediately we leave and go home.
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